Holiday for Shoestrings


Holiday shoestrings

Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: February 23, 1946
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Animation: Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross
Ken Champin
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Paul Julian
Backgrounds: Hawley Pratt
Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By:
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Shoemaker Jake
Preceded By: Baseball Bugs
Succeeded By: Quentin Quail
Holiday For Shoestrings

Holiday For Shoestrings

Merrie Melodies - Holiday For Shoestrings

Merrie Melodies - Holiday For Shoestrings

Merrie Melodies - Holiday for Shoestrings

Merrie Melodies - Holiday for Shoestrings

Holiday for Shoestrings is a 1946 Merrie Melodies short directed by I. Freleng.


The title is a pun on the popular instrumental tune "Holiday for Strings".


Shoemaker Jake is feeling ill and has advertised for help. A group of elves secretly come at night to repair the shoes for him, timed to the tune of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

The bedridden shoemaker, suddenly feeling much better upon seeing the elves working feverishly, tries to sneak out to play golf. When the elves see this, they drag Jake back to bed, nail his blanket to the floor, and march out, one dragging the golf clubs out of the house for himself.



After one of the elves fell into a bucket of water, there is one scene featuring two snake-charmer elves that is cut on Cartoon Network/Boomerang USA (Non-USA CN/Boomerang feeds however aired this scene uncut):

  • One of the snake-charmer elves using the back of the shoe-soles as a bed of nails.
  • One of the snake-charmer elves playing the flute to tie the boot's shoelace neatly.


  • Many of the elves resemble Elmer Fudd with elf-like ears (anticipating a similar role played by Elmer ten years later). According to the Toonheads episode "Night Of 1000 Elves", the reason why the elves resemble Elmer Fudd is because director Friz Freleng disliked the character and therefore did such to make fun of him[1]
  • At one scene one of the elves replace the shoe stickers from 4F to 1A. Those "4F" and "1A" were military terms used during World War II to describe the person's capability in the army, where "4F" means unfit for military service. However those references become dated during the cartoon's release, as World War II had already ended.



  1. Toonheads "Night of 1000 Elves"

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